As our friends are building their RAFT for leaving well, what do we “stayers” build?
How about building your CABIN?
Count the Cost. Again. Remind yourself of the call and purpose that first brought you here. Remember how worthy He is. Rededicate all your being to the trustworthy One who is asking you to stay.
Acknowledge the losses as you wave goodbye to the departing. Losses of camaraderie, collaborating, co-laboring. The friend who gets your um, interesting humor. The colleague who sharpens and inspires you. Acknowledge the impact of layers upon layers of accumulated goodbyes. Then cozy up to the Comforter and allow Him to wrap your teary-eyed soul in His healing peace.
Bless those who are leaving. Don’t be like the older brother who stayed, begrudging blessings the younger received. (Luke 15) You won’t want to regret sulking in your room alone when you could be celebrating and affirming friends with a grateful heart. Express your belief in the futures of those who are leaving. Pray blessings over them, hug them real tight and wish them well.
Invest in your community. It can seem like those who are leaving have all the best adventures. But look around. There are opportunities and relationships that only the “stayers” get to experience – and they are waiting for you because you stayed. Find the treasures hidden in the deep places. Enjoy the vista reserved for those who stayed on this particular trail just a little longer.
Nest. Make your home your home. Buy a plant. Spend a little extra on the comfortable pillow. Brighten up your place with floral curtains or striped rugs or funky lamps or abundant bookshelves – whatever says, “This is where I dwell. This is my cabin!”
Build your CABIN, sister. And stay a good long while.
We want to hear about your CABIN. What are your thoughts on staying?
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